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    Police hallmark

    The Safe Housing Police Hallmark is a hallmark for homes that meet a number of requirements in the field of burglary prevention and social safety. The requirements set by the quality mark ensure that a burglar needs more time to enter a home. Breaking into a badly secured home often takes only 30 seconds. A burglar thus thinks twice before he tries to enter a house that is provided with the Police Hallmark. Research shows that the Police Hallmark for safe living measures contribute significantly to your safety and sense of security. The extra measures, such as good hang-and-seal work, good lighting and overview in the street and neighborhood, ensure that burglars like to skip the house.

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    Safety in the workplace

    Creating a safe working environment is a necessity for every self-builder. After all, you do not want your own safety or health and that of the people in your area at risk. To prevent unpleasant consequences and accidents, there are a number of factors that you have to take into account.

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    Fire safety

    Every year, the fire department has to turn out countless times for a house fire. Generally, these are accidents and circumstances in which the fire can spread and cause damage. In addition to many fatalities, many people with very ernsite injuries have to be transported to the burn center. More than half of all fires are caused by negligence, which means that the fire and the often untold follow-up could easily have been prevented.

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    Waterlogging, leakage and other moisture problems

    Mold in the house, leakage in the bathroom, roof leakage, a broken roof gutter or hidden defects: water damage can have many causes and consequences. Water and water damage can have many causes, such as leakage of roofs, gutters, dakkapel, pipes, washing machine, dishwasher etc. Water damage involves unpleasant consequences. Consequential damage can for example be: damage to laminate, damage to the ceiling, stale smell in the house or damage to household effects.

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    Asbestos

    Asbestos is a collective name for six fibrous silicates with a number of specific properties such as heat resistance, insulating capacity, chemical inertia and abrasion resistance. Thanks to this unique combination of properties, asbestos has been used for a long time in a large number of different sectors. For example, asbestos is widely used as roof covering, insulation material, for water and gas pipes, industrial gaskets and brake linings. Asbestos has been used for years in various products and applications, including in the construction industry and the vehicle industry. We now know that this raw material is particularly dangerous and that exposure to asbestos can cause various types of cancer.

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    Legionella

    Legionella is a bacterium that can cause severe pneumonia, also called the 'Legionnaires'. In case of infection, some people only have to deal with the legionella flu, a lighter form of the infection. The disease is treated with antibiotics. Only in severe cases and without proper treatment or in people with greatly reduced resistance, the disease can be fatal. When people become infected, it can take 2 to 19 days for the disease to reveal itself - when people get sick. Because most people do not usually get sick after infection. It is a bacterium that occurs in groundwater, surface water and drinking water. It is not dangerous until the bacterium multiplies and comes into the air through drops of water spray that we breathe. When the temperature of the water is between 20 and 50 degrees Celsius or stands still for a long time, the legionella bacteria multiply. We only get sick by legionella when we breathe contaminated mist droplets. For example, water atomizes in a shower, a steam bath or bubble bath and wet cooling towers. It is not dangerous when we drink contaminated water, nor is legionella transferable from person to person.

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    Wood rot

    Wood rot usually occurs on ground sills and corner joints and is recognizable by the rust brown color and the soft structure. The cause of wood rot is the deterioration of the wood due to the growth of fungi through prolonged humidity.

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    Concrete rot

    Concrete rot can only occur when metal elements have been placed in the concrete that can rust. As a result, concrete rot only occurs in concrete that is reinforced with iron or concrete reinforcement. The rust process of these metals ensures that a thick layer of rust is formed around the metal. Rust expands and ensures that pressure is applied to the concrete. Eventually the concrete will burst. Once concrete rot has affected the reinforcement of concrete, this has consequences for the concrete element in which the damaged reinforcement is present.

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    Mortgages

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    Stimulation programs

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    Construction drawings

    What should be minimal indicated on a building plan, which requirements and guidelines should it meet and how do you actually read a building plan?

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    Construction law

    What to do in case of a dispute and how can you prevent this?

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    Building permit

    When do you have to apply for a building permit, what do you have to pay attention to when applying for and how and at which authority do you actually have to apply for it?

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    Building inspections

    When will a building inspection take place? Which authority does this and what to do when you get a registration?

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    Subsidies and incentive programs

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    Sustainable installations

    Which sustainable installations are available on the market, what are the advantages and disadvantages of the various installations and which combinations of installations are possible?

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    Sustainable building

    Sustainable building is a broad concept. Sustainable construction and remodeling takes into account the effects on the environment. This must then be done both when designing a building, as well as during construction, renovation, restauration or demolition. Sustainable building is also about the use of the building. For example about the emission of CO2 through energy consumption for heating and cooling a building. The environmental effects are therefore examined over the entire life of the building or building.

    Subforums: Life-cycle proof (0), Cavity insulation (0), Roof insulation (0), Vegetation roof (0)

    Sustainable living

    With sustainable living you adjust your home, making it more energy-efficient. This means you live more environmentally friendly, save money and contribute to a better environment. The changes to your home for sustainable living can vary enormously: for example, you can opt for LED lighting in your home, but also for energy-efficient appliances, which means you need less energy. With sustainable living you live environmentally conscious, while you can also save a lot of money on your energy bill.

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    Sustainable lifestyle

    A lifestyle is the way you live. A sustainable lifestyle is a way of life where you try to damage the earth and everything that lives on it as little as possible. A sustainable lifestyle is not difficult at all. You can start today. And where better to start than in and around your own home!

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    Elevators

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    Stairs and stairwells

    Stairs, loft stairs, spiral stairs

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    Façades, windows and doors

    What is available on window frames and other façade openings, what are the advantages and disadvantages of plastic, aluminum and wooden façade frames and how should I maintain them well?

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    Constructions

    Which requirements and standards must a construction meet, which damages can arise on constructions and how should this be remedied and prevented?

    Subforums: Cellar and basements (0), Foundation (0), Roof and floor constructions (0), Bearing constructions (0)

    Inner and outer walls

    What kind of façade finishes, inside and outside walls are there, what are the advantages and disadvantages of this and how are they to be processed and maintained?

    Subforums: Partition walls (0), Masonry, brickwork, stonework (0), Insulation (0), Front walls (0)

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    Extension

    An extension is a building attached to the main building that can be accessed directly from the main building.

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    Garage, barn, carport

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    Veranda

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    Annexe

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    Conservatory

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    Dormer

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    Roof structure

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    Installations

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    Utilities

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    Floor finishes

    Subforums: Other floor coverings (0), Parquet and laminate (0), Tile floor (0), Wooden floor (0)

    Interior wall finishes

    Subforums: Wall painting (0), Stucco (0), Wall tile work (0)

    Furniture and interior construction

    Making furniture yourself, refurbishing, repairing and other carpentry.

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    Garden

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